On the 25th June, in his eighty-fifth year, to the grief of his son and daughter, died Mr William Hunter, late gardener to Sir Edward Blount, Bart., of Mawley Hall, near Bewdley. The early history of Mr Hunter is not accurately known. He was born in England, of Scotch parents, and sent to a school at Dumfries. It has been stated that he was apprenticed to Messrs Lee & Kennedy of Hammersmith, London. Be that as it may, after living with Sir Thomas Reid, he came to Arley Castle in 1814, when the late Earl Mountnorris was flourishing amongst a large selection of stove-plants, many of them of his own introduction into this country. In 1819, Mr Hunter left Arley and went to Mawley Hall, near Bewdley, where he served Sir Edward Blount, Bart., 43 years, when he retired on his own means, though Sir Edward Blount built a new cottage for him to end his earthly career in. He had been a correspondent of "Loudon," and when the "Root-doctors" were disputing on "lifting and cutting of roots," etc, he told them that when he planted trees the roots grew downwards and the tops grew upwards, and there they remained.

Some of the Vines that he planted are more than fifty years old, and are doing well, under restricted treatment, in a "border of Red Hopland;" the average rainfall being about 32 inches, as taken by Mr Hunter. Being fond of botany, he was always in search of something new in plants, and, about fifty years ago, he formed one of a small party who established a botanical field society, and occasionally searched and became acquainted with all the plants of the south Shropshire hills and gullies.

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We regret to have to record the sudden death of Mr Jabez J. Chater, of the Gouville Nurseries, Cambridge, which occurred at three o'clock on Wednesday morning, March 19, from heart-disease. The deceased was the fifth son of Mr Win. Chater, the celebrated raiser of prize Hollyhocks; and it is not too much to say, that to the deceased may be attributed a good deal of his father's success with that grand flower. For the last ten years Mr Jabez J. Chater has been at the Gonville Nurseries, Cambridge, where he has been the most successful exhibitor at the various exhibitions in that and the adjoining counties, and as a citizen has gained the universal esteem of all who knew him. The deceased was a most diligent and ardent lover of floriculture, and had on many occasions exhibited successfully at the great shows of the Horticultural Society in London and the provinces. He was a successful hybridiser of Geraniums, his Forget-me-not being one of the best of its class. He retired to bed on Tuesday night at about half-past nine, and at about three o'clock in the morning passed away without a struggle.

He leaves a widow and five little children.


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We are very sorry to have to announce the decease of Mr John Trail, of Aberlady, on the 4th November. His particular sphere in gardening was in connection with florist flowers, and especially with the raising of many of the finest Auriculas which have ever been raised. Altho\igh he was famous for this specially, he was an ardent lover of flowers in general. His character as a friend and neighbour was most estimable and lovable, combining the earnest desire and effort for the good and comfort of all with whom he had anything to do, with a meek and unassuming manner.

Mr Eobert Fish, the well-known horticultural writer, has also gone to his rest. As a practitioner in general gardening, Mr Fish's career was most successful; flower-gardening especially owes him much. As a horticultural writer for thirty years, he had few equals in the kind, happy, and clear way in which his instructions, both practical and philosophic, were imparted. He was a good and kind man, ever ready with a cheering word and a helping hand, to all with whom he came in contact, and was highly respected by all who knew him.